Professor and Chair, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Meharry Medical College
Dr. Fernando Villalta is the Chair and Professor of Immunology, School of Medicine, Meharry Medical College. He received his Ph.D. in Microbiology from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (1981), followed by postdoctoral training in immunology at Michigan State University (1981-1986). He is a member of the American Association of Immunologists (AAI), has chaired Symposia at several AAI meetings and received several AAI mentoring awards. He served as regular member of the Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee of the FDA. He served on 14 NIH study sessions, including 4 for NIAID. He is serving as an editorial board member of 6 journals and reviewer for 20 journals.
Cellular and Molecular Immunology, Innate Immunity, Host defense, Inflammation
Professor, Division of Medical Zoology,Department of Infection and Immunity
Jichi Medical University, Japan
Dr. Hirotoma Kato is working as an Professor Under the Department of Infection and Immunity at Jichi Medical University, Japan.
Epidemiological research on protozoan zoonotic diseases, especially leishmaniasis.
Establishment and application of molecular epidemiological methods for vector-borne diseases.
Biological role of vector saliva and their role on pathogen transmission.
Molecular basis between vector-pathogen interface.